Aurora movie theater lacked security night of shooting

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado movie theater complex that was the scene of a gunman's massacre didn't have any uniformed security guards on duty the night of the shooting, even though other theaters operated by the same company did provide such protection for the busy opening night of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises."

It's impossible to know whether guards -- often off-duty police officers -- at the Aurora Century 16 would have spotted the suspected gunman, James Holmes, and thwarted the attack that left 12 moviegoers dead and dozens wounded on July 20. Cinemark provided off-duty police guards at the Aurora theater on busy Friday and Saturday nights.

As for other nights, theater operators decide on a case-by-case basis whether to hire security, depending on the likelihood of trouble.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2012 at 12:37 AM
    The cinema should have had off duty cops working there. If so, the outcome would have been much different.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2012 at 04:46 AM
    Let the Law Suits begin, the guests on TV talk shows, this should be Milked to the very end. Who knows we might get a Holiday out of this yet!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2012 at 04:27 AM
    Well I guess there is 3 ways to handle this, 1; Do nothing and this will happen again, 2; Make any private business who don’t want guns on premises provide armed security at all times patrons are on premises, or 3; make it legal for the public to carry guns in accordance with Colorado laws. I vote on passing the Castle Doctrine.
  • by bp Location: gj on Jul 30, 2012 at 07:11 AM
    It is not humanly possible to foresee every possible scenario. Let it be and let's heal.
  • by justice2 Location: gj on Jul 30, 2012 at 06:30 AM
    The theatre did not allow legally carried guns. They apparently did allow illegally carried guns. Is it a coincidence that so many shootings take place in gun free zones?
  • by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2012 at 06:02 AM
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